Showing posts with label the everygirl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the everygirl. Show all posts

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Everygirl and Birchbox, sitting in a tree!

We are so excited to have teamed up with Birchbox this month to offer an Everygirl box, which will contain five Affordable Luxuries - our favorite beauty products priced under $35.

We can't believe that within an hour, 7500 already-subscribers ALREADY signed up to get this box in August; and now it's only available to new subscribers. So click over and sign up for only $10 to get this sweet deal delivered to your door step in August!

And Danielle and I answered a short q&a with Birchbox about launching The Everygirl, our beauty routine, and the products we chose - check it out here!

photo by Stoffer Photography

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My New (Old) Home Tour on The Everygirl!

Yep - again! Hah One year later and I'm back with a totally new home tour on The Everygirl! There are a few scenes ya'll haven't seen yet on my blog or Instagram - notably the bar area!

Click on over and enjoy! I linked to pretty much every single product at the bottom of the article.

video by Jenna Leigh Kutcher

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wedding Week on The Everygirl!

I cannot believe it's our third annual Wedding Week on The Everygirl! We started the dedicated week our first year back in 2012 since the topic of weddings was one of the few lifestyle subjects we didn't cover. We thought we'd put it all–fashion, career, decor, finance, relationships and mental health–that touched on the topic of weddings into one jam-packed week.

Well today is the kick-off and we've got an Elopement to Paris fashion feature (my dream!), the Ultimate 12-Month Planning Timeline (with printable checklist!), and a fantastic giveaway from one of our favorite luxury kitchen brands! Stay tuned later this week for stories like "5 Things to Discuss Before Getting Engaged," a career profile on a popular bridesmaid rental boutique owner, and more fashion, food, and decor!

Elopement Wedding in Paris

The 12-Month Wedding Planning Timeline

And later today, a $600 Le Creuset Giveaway from their new matte collection. Delicious.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Life lately...

Hey world! (Or maybe I should just say "Hey, Mom!" since, let's be honest, she's probably the only one left checking in over here.) Things are busy as always! Busy but great! This month a bit more so...

I went to California for a few days a week or so ago and came home to a letter from my property management that my rent is going up at the end of the lease. It will be more than I can or want to pay so I decided to move! And it's much easier to find apartments in the off-season (NOT summer, July, when my lease is actually up), so I've decided to move out early.

So this month I am:
- traveling for work to NYC
- showing my apartment to try and get it subleased for May and June
- doing media outreach in preparation for the launch of (next week!)
- writing, memorizing, and giving a keynote to the communications school at Illinois State
- finishing up styling projects and making a few changes around this apartment (bar area, "office," kitchen shelves, art in bedroom)
- shooting my home tour w/ the Stoffers (also next week!)
- immediately after that I am packing up said apartment and moving
- and the usual meetings and work for TEG while trying to maintain healthy relationships outside of work
- oh and my niece will be born sometime between now and the first week of May so a trip up to Michigan is in order

I had a wee little-stress-fest last night quickly quelled by a big bowl of mom's homemade chili and a 9:45 pm bedtime. Up at 6 am to conquer the day! (Yes, I need as much sleep as a toddler.)

What's new with ya'll? Anything exciting happen in my absence?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I'm alive!

First off, I am alive! Did ya miss me? No? Aw shucks. Well, I missed you.

I think that is the longest I've ever gone without posting... crazy.
Second, the good news is The Everygirl Shop has had a ton of sales! Woop woop holiday season! Alas, that has kept me quite occupied and away from LCY (a dozen or so trips to the post office in the past two weeks coupled with a few snow storms = blurg). I have a few posts up my sleeves for the next few days! Pinky swear.
Lastly, today is the last day to place any orders and receive them by Christmas. We are offering free shipping until Midnight tonight! Use code FREESHIP. They make great inspiring gifts for the women in your life. Prices on prints and iPhone 4 and 5 cases range from $12-35. Get shopping so I can package more boxes! :)

See you soooon!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BIG REVEAL: The Everygirl 2.0 and Shop!

For the past few months, we've been working on a "top secret project." We can be dramatic.

Today - it's here!

A fully redesigned The Everygirl site and Shop!

We teamed up with a small group of web designers and developers here in Chicago, and we are so thrilled with what they put together for us. There's a new fancy navigation, sorting by cities, filters, a lot more articles on the homepage, related articles within stories... basically all the practical functionality we never thought to add to the original design seeing as we are not UX experts and just cared about it looking great. Now that's all fixed! Not to mention it's FAST FAST FAST! No 5 second load time. 

You can read more of the details on what the new site offers here.

Or click over to The Everygirl Shop to snatch up stocking stuffers for all your loved ones and girlfriends!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Coming Soon: The Everygirl Shop

The Everygirl Shop and product line officially launches tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th! Prices range from $12-$35, making them the perfect stocking stuffers for the inspiring, kick-ass ladies in your life!

More details here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tarjetas de Bizzness

Thanks to the talented Shayna, letterpress artist and founder of Steel Petal Press here in Chicago, Danielle and I finally have some respectable business cards. Since we printed our first cards in November 2011 (for our NYC trip), we've always gone to Kinko's for a quick fix before we had to travel or attend an event. But those cards bent, smeared, and this that or the other. 

Extra thick weight, coral painted edges, simple design. 

It's like a freshly baked chocolate cookie served up paper style.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

leopard. so hot right now. leopard.

sometimes i moonlight as a fashion blogger. 
but only when tempted by free leopard print pumps.
or wine.
this was a case of the former.

styling by me // photos by danielle moss for the everygirl

Monday, September 9, 2013

this week

so big, very busy week

everygirl photo shoot at nordstrom rack

everygirl event at the apple store on north michigan
details here

everygirl event at bloomingdale's at 900 north michigan
details and rsvp here

friend's engagement party

my nephew's 1st bday in the afternoon
wedding shower in the evening

wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Forbes, Class of 2013

Well, the list is out. Forbes named The Everygirl a Top 100 Website for Women for the second year in a row. Cue freak out. Call Danielle. Parents. Boyfriend. Regain composure... then actually read the article...

"So what do we look for in a website? Informative and compelling content, sure, but also smart design, engaged communities and a voice that speaks to and for the female reader. We’re looking for the inspiration to start businesses, get stress in check, climb the corporate ladder or maybe just Lean In. Of course, there are extra fun points for the escapist sites we rely on to help us pass the dreaded three oh clock hour. But no matter how brilliant the recipes, your average cooking site won’t cut it; we’re looking for the intangible ‘something extra.’ These sites need to make us smile, make us think but most importantly make us share—sometimes via social, sometimes in email but we believe the true mark of great content is the kind that makes you step away from your desk and talk about it."
- Meghan Casserly for Forbes

And after looking over all of the other sites that made the list, we feel especially proud seeing that we are among such esteemed company. Thank you, thank you to all of our team and contributors - photographers, columnists, stylists, writers, interns, artists - and our readers! Obviously none of this would exist if it weren't for you.

Ok, I'm going to drink something bubbly now (she said at 4pm on a Tuesday).  #giddy

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Win a $5000 Dream Room Makeover! Runner-up Wins a $1000 Room Restyling!

The Everygirl and Fizz56 have teamed up to offer two lucky ladies the chance at some major home refluffing! One grand prize winner will receive a dream room makeover valued at up to $5000 to be used toward any brand or store and one runner-up will receive $1000 toward styling product from Lulu & Georgia!

As long as you are on one social media site (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook), you can sign up! Winners will work with Danielle and me to redecorate one room in their home!

Click here for full details on how to enter.

Winner will be announced in two weeks! Gooood luck!

Monday, June 3, 2013

we call it #weddingweek

And it's happening again!

We've got you covered from affordable decor tips like this backyard wedding styled by Amber Whitehouse, to taking you inside the offices of one of our beloved wedding brands (Wednesday), and have a kickass fashion feature (Thursday) curated by top editors in the fashion and wedding fields. And more...!

Also follow along on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #weddingweek!

photo by Jen Dederich

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Home Tour on The Everygirl!

Oh, Fiona. How I love that awkward pup.

Finally, my home tour is here! Check it out!

Lots of details to follow in the upcoming week.

florals by Jayson Home
styling by me!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

my home tour is coming... and me as lois griffin.

After months of teasing, my home tour is finally on The Everygirl tomorrow! 7am - set your alarms!

I know I said no more sneak peeks but I instagrammed this and it's just too good to not share...

The one cute corner of my desperate but homey(?) kitchen. I spy the talented photographer Maura Stoffer in the reflection of my beauteous mint-colored Kitchenaid mixer, the newest and final addition to my home! Her and her husband John did such an amazing job w/ these photos. Cannot wait to share!

Plus I'm excited to reveal which art, bedroom lamps, and dining chairs I chose! Thanks so much for all who participated in the voting. I'll explain my choices in the upcoming weeks following the big reveal.

In other news... an illustrated version of Danielle and me made it into a short article in this month's Luxe Magazine. Headline reads It Girls??? Silly Rabbit... we're Everygirls. Makes me chuckle. While it's surreal seeing a drawing of myself, I can't help but think I resemble... who is it... ah yes. Lois Griffin.

Yes? At least the artist was generous on my waistline! I'll take it!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Our Career Feature and My New Office Tour on The Everygirl

There's a whole lot more where those came from. Details about how we launched The Everygirl, built the brand, and snippets from our lives after college. Spoiler alert: we were both very lost.

Read it now!

gorgeous photos by Stoffer Photography

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

party planning, giveaways, graphic design, and other fun stuff!

i am so sorry for the radio silence the past WEEK! and i was doing so good too... but haven't you heard? it's the everygirl's one year anniversary on friday (can't believe it.) and we are celebrating anniversary week over on the site! and we have an amazing event happening at west elm in lincoln park this thursday night - cocktails, desserts, smilebooth, music, giveaways, and of course 15% off shopping at west elm. we'd love for all of you to come! and please do say hello if you make it! rsvp details in the invite above. note the gorgeous hand lettering is by the talented molly jacques.

in other words, i've been working around the clock. SO much work goes into planning events it's shocking...

i've also been diligently emailing all of my favorite brands trying to get them on board for what might be the GREATEST giveaway ever! it went live on the everygirl today - you seriously need to check it out. as a way to thank our readers for supporting the site in our first year, we are offering the chance to win 13 highly covetable items. here are just five of the 13 giveaways going on...

p.s. i love/miss graphic design. i had so much fun laying these out.

well what are you waiting for? go sign up to win!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: The Everygirl Turns One!

there's a party happenin' up in here! if you're in chicago the evening of the 21st, mark your calendars, invite your friends, and come ready to partay! details to follow - make sure you've subscribed to the everygirl for the formal invite!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend in Instagram

four new amazing women joined team everygirl this week as spring writing interns. danielle and i are finally getting the hang of having help and we even prepared and had a little treat waiting for them on their first day. birchboxes, rifle paper co. notepads, hot pink le pens from design darling's shop, and our go-to anthropologie monogrammed mugs. we had them trained and efficiently working in no time!

i was able to make it to my friend allison's engagement party on friday night despite the sad sad state of tuck (who was not left home alone unsupervised, i assure you). allison is the first of my close friends to wed and the first friend wedding i'm standing up to, so it was really exciting to all come together my best ladies to simply celebrate and have a great time. friday's event was like a mini wedding complete with sit down dinner and dance floor. after that hefty glass of wine, i was finally able to relax a little given the previous day's event. granted i did have to duck out early to get back to my furry friend.
the office is almost done... still have to repaint but all of the other elements have pretty much come together. i realized what was missing from the gallery wall was more PINK. hot pink. so i added this canvas print from birdaria. you feel me? i feel you. much better i think.

and to give you all an update on mr. tuck. he went into the vet for a follow-up on saturday at which point his drain came out and bandages came off. we tried the tshirt method of preventing him from licking his wounds instead of the cone. he reminded me of an 80s teenager complete with tied-up baggy shirt and bad perm. alas, that wily dog wiggled his snout into the top hole of the shirt and got at them, so the cone is back. but he's healing well and feeling much better!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

i know it's gonna be alright

as we all know, the past month and a half has been, well, let's just say "down" for lack of a better word. and even in the new year, i haven't been feeling great health-wise. completely worn out, i feel like my body has been fighting something since the ball dropped at midnight two weeks ago. i'm blaming it on all the cookies and wine consumed over the holidays combined with a good dose of stress. i've been trying day after day to get back into my kick-butt workaholic life-is-short-so-enjoy-it routine and mentality, but so far, no dice.

and then last tuesday, this tweet went up:

Spotted: in the pages of Vanity Fair as I wait for my flight at LGA! So cool

the message popped up in my inbox and i'm pretty sure the next two minutes were spent expelling a high-pitched scream so loud and excited dogs in michigan heard me. then i picked up my phone, dialed danielle, and continued making that noise until i managed to get the words out: "we're. in. vanity. fair! in the actual magazine in print! PRINT!"

true story. funny thing is i had this magazine in my hands earlier in the day while at the dentist, but i skipped right over this to cut ahead to the article on lena dunham.

but i digress. for those of you who don't know. i graduated with a magazine journalism degree from syracuse, and my goal in life since the age of 16 was to work at vanity fair. it's the end-all, be-all magazine in my eyes, covering everything from business and politics to fashion and celebrity. led by longtime editor-in-chief graydon carter, they do it all, and they do it all well. between this and forbes, i'm reminded of what a crazy great year we've had. it gave me the refocus i've been needing to push myself, continue working on the everygirl - a job i love that i created for myself (ahem blog name shout-out ahem), and remind myself that i'm one part of something really special. and i'm really really lucky for all that. no, this bit of press wasn't a magic cure to feeling down, and yes, i've felt still felt a little blue and a lot exhausted since last tuesday (a redeye back from san francisco this weekend didn't help-never again.), but that is our brand and our names in my favorite magazine. and despite the hardships that i've faced the past six weeks, i have to keep telling myself, that's life. sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down. and in the words of miss ellie goulding,

"anything could happen
i know it's gonna be alright."

go ahead. raise the volume, dance a lil', and feel good.

p.s. i found that song from the season 2 trailer of girls, my new favorite comedy, which i wrote about today no the everygirl. check it out!


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